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Old 09-15-2015, 07:40 AM   #1
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dual booting windows and peppermint

I have an older desktop that I put Linux peppermint on. That runs great. But I also have a few things that I need to do with windows. So I was attempting to either put windows on the computer as well. I even saw that you could use a Virtual Machine and run it inside of itself as well. I have an Windows 7 CD ( that I use for my laptop) but its a 64 bit and the cpu is 32 bit. So I wanted to know is there anyway that I could possibly get a 32 bit version and run it? I know I would have to purchase a separate product key, which is not an issue at all. I want to know if I do that then what would be my next steps?
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You are correct in that you can dual boot windows and most linux versions quite easily. Your next steps are likely to involve you reinstalling peppermint AFTER installing windows. I personally haven't used peppermint but I do know that windows likes to use all available hard drive space and it is likely that windows would format your peppermint partitions. The typical procedure that I know is that you install Windows, resize it so that it doesn't use the whole of your disk space and then install linux afterwards. This also allows linux to control the boot loader so you can easily choose which operating system you want to use.

I may be wrong/outdated with my information and you may in fact be able to install Windows after installing your linux operating system. However, I have only every dual booted by starting with Windows. As for installing peppermint afterwards, you can choose whatever partition layout you like and you shouldn't have any problems. Hope this helps!
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You should be able to install windows without overwriting the peppermint partition but windows will overwrite the boot code currently in the MBR without notifying you it will do so. You will then need to reinstall the Grub bootloader from the Peppermint installation medium.

If the hardware on which you wish to install the 64bit windows is only 32bit capable, it won't work.
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I agree. Reinstalling Grub ought to work just as well. As for the 64bit windows, you'll either have to get a 32bit version, install windows onto another machine or try to use a virtual machine. Virtual machines usually work better with more powerful computers so, if your current machine only supports 32bit operating systems, it is unlikely that a virtual machine will work.

Where do you currently have windows installed?
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The First Rule of Dual-booting: Install the brain-damaged OS first.
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Hi. I had installed MS, OS/2 and Linux.
The best (simple) way install MS Operative systems first. (MS-DOS in the first partition hda1, MS-Windows in the second hda2, MS-XP in the third hda3).
Then you can install OS/2 and Linux in logical partitions (from hda5 to hda15) without troubles. When you install Linux OS the Lilo/Grub read and configure boot for all OSs without problems.
But if you install MS later, you must need to reinstall mbr.

(By the way you can do a copy of master boot record with):
dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/floppy/hda.mbr bs=512 count=1
(and reinstall the mbr to the hard disk with):
dd if=/dev/floppy/hda.mbr of=/dev/hda
But you will be REALLY CAREFULL with this, because a wrong command erase all partitions (and data) and must cannot recovery.

Is really good idea do a boot diskette/CD, to boot linux from a disaster.

And to reinstall old MS is simple (format with:
mkdosfs /dev/hda2 for MS-DOS 16bit or:
mkdosfs -F 32 /dev/hda2 for Windows 95 and 98
then mount and restore OS from a tar backup file)
but if you need to reinstall latest MS-OSs (ie XP) you need to format with:
mkntfs /dev/hda3 and restore some boot configuration files; now i cant remember files names to restore.

Have you a nice day.
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from hda5 to hda15
new operating systems do not use "hd" any longer for IDE drives
"sd is used for both ide and sata drives

you have to be using a OLD legacy OS for hd to be used -- like RHEL5.11


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